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2009-11-06 13:16:34

American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2009 will ensure reliable medical isotope supply SNM applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of H.R. 3276"”the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2009. "The worldwide isotope shortage has long been adversely affecting patients in the U.S.," said Michael M. Graham, Ph.D., M.D., president of SNM. "This important legislation will bring us one step closer to solving this chronic problem." The American Medical Isotopes...

2009-09-09 09:42:51

SNM survey of nuclear pharmacies finds patient rescheduling, delayed tests SNM recently conducted a survey of nuclear pharmacies"”pharmacies that supply the critical radioisotope Technetium-99m, which is used in more than 16 million nuclear medicine tests each year in the United States"”to assess, anecdotally, the impact of the worldwide medical isotope shortage. According to the survey, 60 percent of radiopharmacies have been impacted by the most recent shortage. Technetium-99m...

2009-07-30 09:00:00

MAPLE Reactors Could Solve the Isotope Crisis within 24 months OTTAWA, July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - MDS Nordion, a leading provider of medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals, has submitted a Proposal to the Government of Canada's Expert Review Panel on Medical Isotope and Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) Generator Production. MDS Nordion believes that the best answer to the shortage of medical radioisotopes is the completion and bringing into service of the MAPLE project. The MDS Nordion...

2009-07-28 17:00:35

SNM and a coalition of eight other organizations have issued a white paper urging Congress to take steps to maintain adequate supplies of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), a radioactive substance that is the basis for a common medical isotope used in more than 80 percent of all nuclear medicine procedures.The coalition jointly issued the paper to ensure that patient care is not compromised by a worldwide shortage of Mo-99 and measures to curtail the use of high-enriched uranium (HEU) in radionuclide...

2009-07-24 08:28:27

A world-wide shortage of a crucial radioisotope threatens to set back the quality of medical care several decades, U.S. doctors said. Technetium-99m is used in more than 40,000 medical procedures in the United States each day. The isotope is key to tests for cancer, kidney function and cardiac disease. The two aging atomic reactors that provide most of the world's supply of the isotope are closed for repairs. A 51-year-old reactor in Ontario, Canada, has been idle since mid-May because of...

2009-06-15 07:00:00

New Partnership Seeks to Strengthen Fragile Medical Isotope Supply Chain OTTAWA, June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - MDS Nordion, a leading global provider of medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals used in molecular medicine, today announced that the Company and the Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry in Moscow, Russia, have agreed to study the feasibility of the Karpov Institute providing the Company with a viable and reliable supply of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) for the global nuclear...

2009-05-19 13:51:00

OTTAWA, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - MDS Nordion, a leading provider of medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals, has received information from its primary supplier, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), regarding an interruption in the supply of medical isotopes, primarily molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) used in the manufacturing of technetium-99m generators. AECL has advised MDS Nordion that they anticipate the National Research Universal reactor (NRU) will remain out of service for more than...

2009-05-04 08:13:00

Exclusive distribution agreement in place with GE Healthcare NOIDA, India, May 4 /PRNewswire/ - Jubilant Organosys Ltd, headquartered in India, announced today that its subsidiary in the United States, DRAXIMAGE LLC has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Company's Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for DRAXIMAGE(R)'s generic Sestamibi. The product is found to be bioequivalent and therapeutically equivalent to reference listed drug Cardiolite(R). DRAXIMAGE(R)...

2008-10-06 12:00:12

By Strauss, H William; Miller, D Douglas; Wittry, Mark D; Cerqueira, Manuel D; Garcia, Ernest V; Iskandrian, Abdulmassi S; Schelbert, Heinrich R; Wackers, Frans J; Balon, Helena R; Lang, Otto; Machac, Josef I. PURPOSE The purpose of this guideline is to assist nuclear medicine practitioners in recommending, performing, interpreting, and reporting the results of myocardial perfusion imaging studies. II. BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND DEFINITIONS Myocardial perfusion imaging uses an...

2008-10-05 03:00:08

By MacDonald, Anita Burrell, Steven Nuclear medicine is a diverse field with a large number of different studies spanning virtually all organ systems and medical specialties. Many nuclear medicine procedures are performed routinely; others may be performed only rarely, sometimes less than once per year. The infrequent nature of many studies makes it challenging to retain relevant knowledge and skills. This 2-part article provides a review of several infrequently performed studies. The...


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